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STA to return in person at Summer Marketing Forum

Posted June 17, 2021


After a year and a half of virtual meetings, the Southern Textile Association (STA) will return to in-person gatherings August 31 and September 1 in Belmont, N.C., when it hosts its annual Summer Marketing Forum and meet and greet.


The 113-year-old organization will hold the meeting under the theme, “STRONGER TOGETHER: THE PATH FORWARD – U.S. Textile & Apparel Industry Strengthens Through Sustainability, Innovation, Reinvention.”


The meet and greet will take place the evening of August 31, and the business portion will occur on September 1 at the newly renovated Textile Technology Center at Gaston College, Kimbrell Campus.


Seven dynamic speakers are scheduled to present, including:


Bob Antoshak, senior advisor

Vidalia Mills


Joelle Meaghan Bond, womenswear designer + illustrator



Ged King, CEO

Sales Factory


Paige Mullis, Concept Development director, Concept Gallery curator

Glen Raven


Ron Roach, president

Contempora Fabrics


Lizo Schillo, manager, Sustainability

Levi Strauss


Roger Tutterow, economist

Kennesaw State University


The always entertaining Jim Booterbaugh, president and CEO of National Spinning Co., will serve as program leader and emcee – roles he has held since the forum’s inception about 15 years ago.


More details will be forthcoming. Check for updates.

The STA, established in 1908, is a nonprofit organization for individuals in the textile and related industries with a common interest in all phases of textile manufacturing in the USA. The STA boasts a membership of more than 500 professionals throughout the U.S. textile supply chain. The association meets seven times a year in the Carolinas for networking and educational sessions and, at $100 per year to become a member, it’s the “best deal in town,” according to STA President Rick Carpenter of Conitex Sonoco.


Source: Southern Textile Association.

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